Sunday Moments

August 1, 2021
Time after Pentecost

Gathering Song
Build Up

Build up, prepare the way,
remove the obstructions from my people's way.
Build up, prepare the way,
God is near, God is here today.

Break the chains of injustice,
let the oppressed go free
Share our homes with the homeless,
and our bread with the hungry. Refrain

God sees all our destruction
how we get in love's way.
Still God comes and meets us
with a steady healing embrace. Refrain

Then your light will break forth like the dawn.
And your healing will break into song. Refrain

Hans Peterson and Larry Olson ©1996 Dakota Road Music.
Used with permission. CCLI License # 383771


The grace that is Christ’s gift to us,
the love of God,
and the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace
be with you all.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Bible Reading
Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
  But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
 “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
  he gave gifts to his people.”
(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament

Thought for the Day
Family Camp Beach Devotions at the Picnic Tables,
August 1, 2021:

Today’s reading from Ephesians reminds us about our diversity in the community of God. God has created each one of us with so many gifts to share with one another, gifts to build one another up. As I think about our children’s camp, our family camp and our wonderful camp staff this summer, I marvel at the many gifts shared within this outdoor ministry community. We have adjusted programming to keep each other safe and in these adaptions there have been surprise blessings of new gifts and talents of which we didn’t even know existed.

A friend and colleague often uses the word marvel, especially when sharing about the wonders of God’s creation. To marvel means “to become filled with surprise, wonder, or amazed curiosity.” Synonyms for marvel include “miracle, splendor and wonder.” I marvel and thank God for all of your wonderful gifts and talents you use right now. And we all have more marvelous gifts waiting to be explored and used.

[Think about the marvelous gifts/talents you have been given…amazing, right? Take time right now to thank God for these gifts/talents. ]

Some gifts/talents are so easy and some you have had to work at I’m sure. All these marvelous gifts/talents combined with our neighbor’s gifts create community…strong communities, like Calumet, your church, your neighborhood or your friends & family network. Keep praying for these communities.

Go out today filled with wonder, filled with amazement, filled with surprises, marveling at all the gifts and talents around you and within you. Thank your neighbor or friend and even your own relatives for their astonishing gifts. Build each other up. And remember that you are God’s creation, wonderfully made. You are loved. You are amazing. You are marvelous.

Go in peace today, Calumet Nation, and marvel at God’s gifts around you.

~Judy Hakanson Smith, Camp Director for Families & Adults

Prayers of Intercession

Let us offer our prayers for all in need, responding to each petition with the words “Feed the world with your love.”
A brief silence.

O God, we lament the ways that your church is divided by past and present controversies.
A brief silence.
And we pray: guide our denomination toward ecumenical cooperation with other Christians; uphold the many ministries in your church; and direct each one of us toward the ministry for which you have formed us.
You are the Spirit of life, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament the harm that humans have inflicted on your earth.
A brief silence.
And we pray: ensure the fertility of farms and fields; lessen the power of extreme weather; and strengthen worldwide efforts to live in such a way that climate change is slowed.
You are the Pulse of our life, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament the injustices that daily afflict people around the globe.
A brief silence.
And we pray: halt gun violence in our land; form our elected leaders to honor the rights of the powerless; and bring an end to prejudices against those who differ from us in color, ethnicity, or language.
You are the Fullness of life, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament that countless people suffer daily from hunger and thirst.
A brief silence.
And we pray: lead us to provide food and clean water to all peoples; strengthen ELCA World Hunger programs and sustain the efforts of local food banks.
You are the Bread of life, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament that the coronavirus continues to kill thousands each week.
A brief silence.
And we pray: send healing to all the sick and suffering, especially to those who receive no medical care; look with compassion on health care workers; and visit all whose pain is known only to you. We remember before you. . . .
A brief silence.
You are the Physician and the Nurse of life, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament before you, O God, our secret sorrows, and we ask you to hear our personal prayers.
A longer time of silence.
You are the Storehouse of grace, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

We lament all who this past week have died through sickness, disaster, or violence. We praise you for all who have ministered in your church throughout the world.
A brief silence.
And we pray that at the end of all things, we will join with all the saints at your banquet of joy.
A brief silence.
You are Life Eternal, O God:
Feed the world with your love.

Into your merciful hands, O triune God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in the life you offer us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.

(Based on Ephesians 4)

Go into the world
with all humility, gentleness,
and patience,
bearing with one another in love,
in the unity of the Spirit,
the bond of peace,
and the name of Jesus,
who is the Bread of Life.

Sending Song
The Blessing

Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick © 2020 Capitol CMG Paragon,
Kari Jobe Carnes Music, Worship Together Music, Writer's Roof Publishing,
Music by Elevation Worship Publishing (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)
Used with permission.
All rights reserved.
CCLI License # 383771

Upcoming Commemorations:

Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans),
died 1221
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Dominic was a Spanish priest who saw the wealth of the clergy as a stumbling block for the church, so he formed a movement, the Order of Preachers (commonly called Dominicans) devoted to itinerant preaching and living in poverty.


Prayers of Intercession from “ELCA Worship in the Home Blog”:

Litanies, Readings, & Commemorations:



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